Berlin - Coming Out - Sharing Thoughts and Personal Experiences about Coming Out as a Gay Man in late 1970s West-Germany

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Coming Out - Sharing Thoughts and Personal Experiences about Coming Out as a Gay Man in late 1970s West-Germany

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(17 reviews)
Tiergarten, Berlin, Germany
45 mins

About the tour

As it is Pride Month, and since racism and especially the persecution of minorities during the Nazi era, are the subject of so many of my tours - I want to offer a different kind of experience. One that is less of a tour, but more like a webinar, a debate, even, on what it meant to come out as a gay man in the late 1970s in West-Germany. How that experience may have been affected by Germany's history - or maybe not. This experience takes place near one of Berlin's most popular cruising areas, weather permitting, or, alternatively, in my apartment.

Meet Martin


Berlin’s stunning landscape can stupefy you. Home to over 200 parks, forests and green spaces, and over a hundred lakes - replete with beautiful lidos and sandy beaches - it’s one of the greenest cities in the world. Martin helps you discover all this, and more! Having experienced the fall of The Wall first hand, Martin lived abroad between 1994 and 2010 and experienced a potpourri of different cultures. At university, he explored German history and studied German-Jewish exile organizations that emerged as a result of the rise to power by the Nazis. Following his graduation, he was then offered to contribute to the exhibition “Eichmann on Trial”, organized by Berlin’s Topography of Terror. This led Martin back to Berlin, and he re-discovered the city he had left long ago. Fascinated by Berlin’s total make-over, he decided to turn his rekindled fascination with Berlin into his profession. Since then, his tours have been peppered with adventures and exciting stories, ranging from European cultures to celebrities like Marlene Dietrich. “I once gate-crashed the building where David Bowie used to live in Berlin with a customer who was a huge David Bowie fan and ‘bumped’ into a resident who promptly invited us to have coffee!” he says.

What to expect

Get ready for something special. We’re travelling to Berlin with no passport, no plane ticket and no luggage. And yet you’ll experience all the sights, sounds and stories with just your laptop, favorite snack and an amazing content creator.

The tour will last about 45 mins and will be live-streamed by your content creator directly from Berlin. Forget about slideshows or pre-recorded videos, this is a live broadcast and anything can happen!

While on the tour you’ll be able to see a full screen video of your content creator and their surroundings, interact with them and other travellers through the live chat, see where you are in the world on a map and show your appreciation with a tip.

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How to join

Reserve your spot by selecting a time to book. Once done, you’ll be able to see your reservations on your Trips page and we’ll send you an email confirmation with a link to join the tour.

For the best viewing experience, please join on a computer using Google Chrome.

Reviews from travellers

🐈‍⬛ Carol 🐈‍⬛🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 ..

24 July 2021

A very interesting tour. So lovely for Martin to give us details about his personal life story.

Beatrice M.

24 July 2021

Martin told us about his youth, his hard times. Very personal, very emotional. I would love more of this.

Robin E.

23 July 2021

I think Martin bared his soul to us on this tour of his coming out. I think it was a lesson to parents of gay children about love and acceptance. My heart breaks that Martin did not have that as a child and young man, but today's world looks at the gay community differently than back then. I felt like I was part of Martin's own "inner circle", and he is definitely loved by all of us who watched his presentation. Excellent example of how we must love one another at all times. Thank you Martin. You are a courageous person and I am glad you are living your life as you are.

Tish W.

23 July 2021

A moving and heartfelt talk about a young man's coming of age and coming into his own. This boy, who knew he was gay from the get go, overcame a lot to become the wonderful and accomplished man he is today. Thank you, dear Martin, for sharing your life. I am sending you a virtual brand new Barbie dress!

🇬🇧 Wendy B.

23 July 2021

I actually rate this 10 - no 100 ❤️ …. How privileged we were to be invited into Martin’s home for an intimate insight into his personal life and focussing on his coming out and experiences as a gay man. And what a life. We shared his pain and laughter. Oh Martin, he often stresses during his tours. He has no need to. He is a wonderful guide and beautiful human being. Martin, thank you so much for your honesty and openness in this tour. Every time you are upset or moved by your tour content, I want to give you a big hug and tell you it’s ok. I can highly recommend all of Martin’s tours.

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